Oh yeah, I had to go back all the way to September 2001 in order to find a worst weekend at the box office. Also that’s not even taking inflation into consideration, or the events that took place back then, causing such a dip in attendance. Anyway, The Possession took advantage of this extremely slow weekend and finished on top again.
The Possession grossed $9.3 million this past weekend, or about 1/5 of the entire top 10. Currently the film sits at $33.1 million in North America. When all will be said and done this should end up with around $50 million and for a supernatural horror without any big names behind, The Possession is performing above expectations.
Lawless ended up in 2nd with $6 million, down just 39.9% which could mean decent box office legs for this flick in the long run. After 12 days the film has $23.5 million, a small number but it can build on it slow and steady. I could see this going as high as $35-40 million.
The Expendables 2 is 3rd, down 45.2% for a $4.9 million weekend. With a total of $75.6 million after 24 days, The Expendables 2 is now $16.5 million behind the 2010 original, a real shame considering this new one is superior in just about every way possible. Good thing the international numbers seem to make up for that difference.
Newcomer The Words landed in 4th place with just $4.7 million. This is now the 2nd film starring Bradley Copper opening below $5 million in less than a month. Normally that would be a bad sign but he has The Hangover Part III in little over 8 months so really, nobody will remember these two by then.
Rounding out the top 5 is ParaNorman with $4.1 million for a total of $45.4 million. Among its stop-motion peers, ParaNorman ranks 6th currently and might go as high as 4th place where Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit ($56.1 million) sits now.
The other newcomer of the weekend, The Cold Light of Day, bombed in 13th place with an abysmal $1.8 million. For Bruce Willis this is the worst wide opening weekend of his career. I don’t understand why he ever signed on to do this thing.